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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 11 Hansard (22 September) . . Page.. 3634..


Hospitals-funding

(Question No 472)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 17 August 2005:

(1) How much of the funding allocated to (a) sub and non-acute service - phase 1 ($5.15m) and (b) sub/non acute services supplementary funding ($4.6m) has been expended to date;

(2) What guarantee will you give that the project will be completed in October 2006 as indicated in the 2005-06 budget papers given that phase 1 of this project was originally scheduled for completion in December 2004, then February 2006 and now October 2006;

(3) What are the delays associated with this project since funding was first allocated by the Government in the 2003-04 budget.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Approximately $0.5m has been spent to date with another $1.7M committed. The construction for next year is estimated to be in the order of $7.8M

(2) I refer the member to Budget Paper No.4, page 188 which outlines the estimated completion dates.

(3) This has been an extremely complex project to bring together, involving numerous key stakeholders and representative groups. It has involved the rationalising of a currently disjointed Territory wide service, and the development of a workable model of care in order to allow the 2 distinct services to be provided from a single facility. At the end of the Preliminary Sketch Plan stage, the design requirements for this facility far exceeded the available budget. A Value Management Study was initiated to challenge and revisit many of the assumptions made about the needs of the service providers. At the end of the Final Sketch Plan stage the building remained over budget, requiring a review of the design elements to further reduce cost. This has now been completed and the project team is now confident in the ability to deliver the building within budget.

Hospitals-transition care places

(Question No 473)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 17 August 2005:

(1) Did a joint press release issued by the Federal Minster for Ageing, the Hon Julie Bishop MP and yourself as the Minister for Health state that 'the ACT had been allocated 10 new transition care places for 2005, which would become operational as local services become ready'; if so, how long will it take for local services to be made ready to accommodate this allocation of beds from the Federal Government;

(2) In which local facility or facilities is it likely these beds will be housed.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) That is an accurate quote from the 22 July 2005 joint press release.


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